The United Nations UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has demanded an urgent and immediate and unconditional release of Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and members of his cabinet after they were seized by mutinying soldiers.
According to the details Spokesperson of Guterres said “The Secretary-General is following with deep concern the unfolding developments in Mali, including the military mutiny which culminated in the arrest of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and members of his Government earlier today in Bamako,”
“The Secretary-General strongly condemned these actions and called for the immediate restoration of constitutional order and rule of law in Mali,” the spokesperson added.
Guterres urged all stakeholders, particularly the defense and security forces, to exercise maximum restraint and uphold the human rights and individual freedoms of all Malians, he said.
Guterres expressed his full support to the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the current crisis in Mali.
Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were taken to the Kati military camp located 15 kilometers (9 miles) northwest of the capital Bamako, according to the local media.
Earlier, it was reported that gunshots were heard at the camp, while military trucks were also spotted on the road heading toward the capital. The military reportedly blocked the road from the town of Kati to Bamako and businesses and offices were also closed.